Tortilla Sunrise’s gastro gurus imbue succulent meats and fresh vegetables with authentic south-of-the-border flair to create a menu of Mexican favorites. Feasting duos and foursomes can race to solve Pythagorean’s theorem with a basket of right-angled, homemade tortilla chips dunked in fresh red salsa and delivered straight to their door. Succulent cuts of beef, chicken, or lamb mix with a garden of fajita peppers and onions to allay stomach abandonment issues, and a cheesy plate of three enchiladas arrives stuffed with beef, chicken, pork, chorizo, or vegetables, and doused in the chef’s signature sauce. In addition to delivery, patrons can also place an order and carry out their fare on the way back from work or a peace-treaty signing that ran late.
Though the idea of shared plates most often conjures up images of dainty Spanish tapas, the communal meals at Lalibela Ethiopian Restaurant are hardly suitable for passing. Instead, everyone sits around and digs right into a giant platter called a beyainatu, which translates to “a little bit of this, and a little bit of that.” Diners tear off pieces of flat, spongy bread known as injera and scoop up dollops of rich stews. Ethiopia’s signature dish, doro wat, is a mouth-warming union of chicken, traditional berbere spices, and hard-boiled egg. Each entree comes paired with two vegan sides, such as the curried vegetables of tikil gomen or the slow-cooked chickpeas and herbs of shiro. The chefs work particularly well with lamb and seafood, which best show off delicate hints of sautéed herbs and chilis.
Under the tutelage of an alumnus of the French Culinary Institute, culinary apprentices craft homemade, wholesome pizza with organic ingredients in Slice's two-hour pizza-making class. The lesson unfolds with the cheese-flecked history of pizza, incorporating fun visuals and a quiz on the Earl of Tomato's tempestuous life. Students then create healthy dough from a wholesome blend of whole wheat and unbleached flour before embarking on a salubrious sauce mission, where they infuse the tomato blanket with fresh carrots and onions for natural sweetening. Knuckles do the nitty-gritty kneading, spreading the doughy interface and dousing it with creative toppings such as vegetables or invisible pieces of unicorn steak.
Chefs source organic produce from local farms and ensure all ingredients are totally free from any animal products to conjure sweet and savory vegan dishes at five distinct eateries in Chelsea and Manhattan. The staff at all five locations sates curiosity by educating diners about the benefits of a vegan lifestyle, which eliminates both animal cruelty and the need to barter with cats for their saucers of milk. Hardwood tables add to Blossom’s intimate atmosphere hidden in a refurbished townhouse, and sleek accents create a modern interpretation of a diner behind Cafe Blossom’s entrance. Sommeliers at V-Note pair meatless recipes with vegan, organic, or biodynamic wines and beers. The kitchen at Blossom Du Jour applies its vegan philosophy to quickly prepared meals that are faster and healthier than a Jolly Green Giant relay team. Cocoa V rounds out the restaurant family tree with shelves lined with dairy-free cakes and pastries, gourmet chocolates, and international wines. Chocolatiers employ cocoa beans imported from the Dominican Republic that are also completely organic and fair-trade.
Soy Café tosses a lifesaver of veggie-friendly fare to diners drowning in the community pool of carnivore-catering cuisine. Breakfast is served all day, allowing you to satisfy your craving for organic oatmeal ($6), egg whites with avocado and soy cream cheese ($6), or a mozzarella, basil, and roasted-pepper omelette ($10), even as the afternoon sun looks on in helio-disbelief between puffs of his cumulo-cigarette. Sail seas of soup with the vegan-friendly three-lentil chili ($6), served with multigrain toast, or deforest the summer avocado salad ($11) with your mouth-mulcher. Soy Café also offers cold sandwiches ($8) with tofu and hummus, as well as salmon, turkey, tuna, and chicken variations for non-vegetarians. Paninis and wheat-free crêpes ($10) also offer omnivorous options for all ilks of eaters. Silence the cries of your sweet tooth with Soy Café's vegan sweets, including its acclaimed almond brittle ($4.50).